Alain Altinoglu

French conductor (born 1975 in Paris)

Alain Altinoglu is a world-renowned French conductor. He regularly conducts prestigious orchestras around the world and has a distinguished career in opera production.

Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de danse de Paris, where he subsequently taught vocal ensemble studies for around 10 years. He then worked with a wide variety of orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the La Fenice Orchestra, the Staatskapelle in Berlin and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has conducted numerous operas, such as Othello and Faust (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Un ballo in maschera (Chorégies d’Orange), Mârouf savetier du Caire (Opéra-comique, Paris) and Don Giovanni (Staatsoper, Vienna).

Alain Altinoglu has demonstrated his musicianship in a host of prestigious venues, including the Opéra de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the San Francisco Opera House, the Zurich Opera House and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.  Critics have hailed his talent. On the opening night of Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella),  journalist Philippe Dewolf wrote: "Conductor Alain Altinoglu crafts a sound showcase for the singers. He never covers the voices and leads his troops with fine alacrity in all of the ballet sections. This is an efficient, resolute musician with a virile approach where necessary."

A keen enthusiast of French song and German lied, Altinoglu has made accomplished recordings with mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch. His discography also includes songs by Duparc and Ravel, along with recordings of operas (Le dernier jour de Sénèque by Tanguy) and instrumental works (Gorecki's Symphony No. 3).

Six landmark dates in the life of Altinoglu:

2003: premiered Perelà  by Dusapin at the Opéra Bastille.
2005: voted conductor of the year (prize awarded by music reviewers in Argentina).
2006: collaborated with DJ and techno producer Jeff Mills on the release of the album Blue Potential, subtitled "Live with Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra".
2007: recorded Duparc's Mélodies with the soprano Nora Gubisch (CD released in 2010), thus beginning a collaboration with the singer, who later became his wife.
2008: Awarded a Victoire de la musique classique in the Best DVD category for Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake), with Altinoglu conducting. Also awarded an Orphée for this same work in the category "best recording of a contemporary vocal work".
2012: conducted Massenet's Cendrillon at La Monnaie in Brussels, to praise from the press. 

Six key recordings by Altinoglu:

2004: Perelà by Dusapin, with the Orchestre national de Montpellier and the Opéra national de Montpellier chorus.
2005: Symphony No. 3 by Gorecki, with Ingrid Perruche (soprano) and the Sinfonia Varsovia.
2007: Cello Concertos by Eric Tanguy, with Anne Gastinel and the Orchestre National de France.
2007: Le Serment by Tansman, with Eric Génovèse (narrator) and the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France.
2011: Fiesque by Lalo, with Roberto Alagna, Sigvards Klava, Jocelyne Dienst and the Orchestre national de Montpellier.
2012: Mélodies by Ravel, with Nora Gubisch. 

Official website: http://www.alainaltinoglu.com/